How to divide Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica is a wonderful plant with bright green foliage in spring that turns vibrant red during autumn and winter making it an excellent plant for the colder season. They also produce clusters of gorgeous red berries that catches the attention of anyone visiting the garden.

How to divide Nandina domestica - bushy compact plant - dearplants.com
Nandina domestica – bushy compact plant

A good way to propagate Nandina is by diving the new plants that normally grow next to the bottom of the plant. They sprout a lot in the base and we just need to separate those shoots taking some roots with them and pot in to grow as individual specimens.

The best time to do it is early spring just before new leaves start to grow. This will allow the plants to start growing soon avoiding them to die back.
The second best time is in autumn, but make sure you protect the plants until spring, so they are not killed by frost and excess humidity.

We divided a Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’ but it works the same way for the other cultivars such as Nandina domestica ‘Fire Power’ (Heavenly Bamboo ‘Fire Power’).

The image above shows a compact bush from where we took several divisions. The image below shows one of those divisions some weeks after, where you can see the old green leaves that came from the parent plant and the new red shoots that are start growing.

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Nandina division growing new leaves in spring

 

How to divide Nandina domestica - new leaves in divided plant - dearplants.com
How to divide Nandina domestica – new leaves in divided plant

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